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Dr. Conrad Murray held a grim but stern face as he received the ‘guilty’ verdict earlier today in the case of involuntary manslaughter of pop legend Michael Jackson. The doctor will be held in custody until the terms of his sentence have been worked out by 29 November — he could be facing up to four years in prison.
This outcome leads us one step closer to the end of the downfall of the notorious doctor who gave up his practice after having been given “a once in a lifetime opportunity” to escort a single, but exclusive patient on his much anticipated comeback. Michael Jackson was preparing for a spectacular row of concerts in London and Dr. Murray was hired to take care of the superstar’s health.
But the job of a lifetime ended abruptly on June 25, 2009 when Jackson went into cardiac arrest after overdosing on anesthetics for his sleeping problem. According to LA Times, Murray will be held at the LA Country Jail where he is currently under suicide watch. The defense spoke to the CNN that Murray was ‘devastated’ by the verdict but ‘confident’ in an appeal.
“What matters most right now is trying to keep Dr. Murray from taking up a prison cell in this community,” said Ed Chernoff, lead defense lawyer to CNN. “That’s what we’re focusing on right now and we’ll deal with an appeal after that.” The comment relates to a new California law that aims to reduce overcrowding of state prisons.
The current focus on fighting county jail overcrowding could affect Murray’s final sentence. The courtroom had witnessed detailed accounts of Jackson’s final hours, including hospital photos of an emaciated Michael as well as audio recordings where Jackson “revealed his anxiety about his forthcoming concerts in London,” reported the Huffington Post.
It was also described how the pop star’s children, Paris, Prince and Blanket, had witnessed the efforts to save their father and how the now 13-year-old Paris, collapsed when she learned that her father had passed away. Fans were showing their support of the Jackson family outside the court, and were relieved when the guilty verdict was given.
To the Huffington Post, one fan commented; “The main justice was Conrad Murray being whisked away in handcuffs in front of the Jackson family so now Michael Jackson can rest in peace and [...] Jackson fans can have closure and we will forever miss you Michael.”